By Alex McLeish

10th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

McLeish suggests Rangers 2021 signing has failed to win over Gerrard in training

Alex McLeish has suggested Jack Simpson has struggled to impress in training at Rangers after being left out the Europa League squad.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old defender had been “sacrificed” to strengthen other areas in the side.

As confirmed on Uefa’s website, Simpson has been left out of the Gers’ Europea League squad for the upcoming group stage.

Jermain Defoe and Brandon Barker are among the other absentees from the squad.

Simpson was among the substitutes for the Champions League and Europa League qualifiers.

McLeish claimed Steven Gerrard may not have seen enough from the February arrival to convince him yet.

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“We spoke about Jack when he came,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

I felt at that time he hadn’t had a lot of experience at Bournemouth.

“Then we saw him in an Old Firm game, there was some good stuff there, he showed the potential.

“But there’s obviously something that Steven’s not particularly, I’m not saying liking, but thinking that he’s not ready to go ahead of the guys who are already ahead and in position.

“You do have to make sacrifices. Some of them will have people thinking: ‘Oh well, what are we doing buying these players? We’re not putting them in the squad.’ You get that kind of feedback.

“I would say Stevie will probably want to prioritise in some other positions and make sure that they’re covered. He will know he’s well covered in the defensive side.

“It will be a disappointment to Simpson. He has to see what he can do to try and get ahead of the other guys.”

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